Here it is – the original internet-famous healthy cookie dough dip!
It’s like an unbaked form of those popular White Bean Chickpea Blondies.
I don’t know about you, but when I make the blondies, quite a bit of the raw dough gets consumed in the process! So I figured, why bother baking them at all? Especially with the summer weather approaching, this cookie dough dip is a great way to get your blondie fix without turning on the oven.
But will “normal” people like it?
Often, I’m unsure if a recipe with which I am in love will be a hit with the general population of people who aren’t used to healthy food. Yes, I have my wonderful taste-testing friends, but by now, they pretty much know that anything I’m asking them to taste will be healthy. Therefore, I worry their judgment might be biased (i.e. they might think, “Well, this is good… for a healthy dessert.) I don’t want my desserts to be good for a healthy dessert. I want them to be good, period.
The following is directly from my About Chocolate Covered Katie page.
I refuse to believe one must give up delicious food in order to be healthy… Healthy food can taste incredible when it’s prepared the right way.
I brought this healthy cookie dough dip to a party. But I didn’t tell anyone it was healthy, and I didn’t tell anyone it was mine. I simply set the dip down on the table amidst the other snacks.
Something amazing happened…
People tried the dip. They went back for seconds. Then thirds.
Everyone kept asking, “Who brought the cookie dough dip? I need this recipe!” And I can’t tell you how many girls said, “Ugh I gotta stop eating this stuff” or “Where are my fat pants?”
When I finally admitted the dip was healthy (and that it contained chickpeas!), no one would believe me.
Therefore, this chickpea cookie dough dip recipe is a winner.
2015 edit: When I asked readers to vote for their top 5 favorite recipes from the blog to include in the new Chocolate Covered Katie Cookbook, this cookie dough dip won by a landslide!
The recipe has been featured by Cooking Light, Bon Appetit, CNN, Shape, Glamour, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Huffington Post; and it has inspired bloggers everywhere to post their own versions of the now-famous dip on their blogs.
Healthy Cookie Dough Dip
Healthy Cookie Dough Dip
- 1 1/2 cups chickpeas or white beans (1 can, drained and rinsed very well) (250g after draining)
- 1/8 tsp plus 1/16 tsp salt
- just over 1/8 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup nut butter of choice (If you use peanut butter, it will have a slight pb cookie dough taste, so if you don't want this, try the Deep Dish Cookie Pie, unbaked. instead)
- up to 1/4 cup milk of choice, only if needed
- Sweetener of choice (see note below, for amount)
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 2-3 tbsp oats or flaxmeal
Add all ingredients (except for chocolate chips) to a good food processor, and process until very smooth. Then mix in the chocolate chips. (Some commenters have had success with a blender, but I did not. Try that at your own risk, and know the results will be better in a high-quality food processor such as a Cuisinart.) If made correctly and blended long enough, this should have the exact texture of real cookie dough!
See the following link for: Sugar-Free Cookie Dough Dip
Sweetener Notes: I used 2/3 cup brown sugar when I first made this for the party. Liquid sweeteners (agave, maple, etc.) are fine as well, as is evaporated cane juice. You can get away with less sugar– some people will be perfectly fine with just 3 tbsp for the whole recipe! And if you don’t want any sugar, be sure to check out the “no-sugar” version linked above.
You can, of course, just eat this healthy cookie dough dip by the spoonful. For the party, I served it with graham crackers, but fresh fruit would also be nice.
Or, you could get crazy and dip in some of these Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies.